The Golf GTI may be most iconic, but the real performance machine in the range is the Golf R.
The 265 PS monster features all-wheel drive and a standard six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox, making it devastatingly quick at covering ground.
But what if you enjoy interacting with the elements while driving? The Golf R Cabriolet could be the answer.
First though, you’ll have to coerce your wallet from whatever corner it’s cowering in, as the Golf R Cabriolet starts from a purse-persecuting £38,770 on the road. We’re used to seeing high numbers next to Golfs these days but at nearly forty grand it still makes you double-take.
If you manage to scrape the money together, you’ll be open to enjoying the R Cabriolet’s charms. It loses two driven wheels over the hatchback, but offers the same hefty power output and still scrabbles to 62 mph in only 6.4 seconds.
Top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph, and if you can keep it below 18 mph then you’ll be able to open or close the roof on the move – 9.5 seconds for the former, and 11 seconds to raise it again.
The exterior is granted all the styling cues of the hatchback, including a deep front bumper, LED running lights and bi-xenon headlamps, black-painted brake calipers, smoked LED tail lights and a bevvy of ‘R’ logos.
‘R’ suspension drops the car 25mm closer to the road than regular Golf Cabriolets. 18-inch alloys are standard, but you can specify 19-inchers too.
Inside, sports seats are trimmed in Vienna leather, the wheel, gear selector and handbrake lever are leather wrapped, and the pedals are aluminium. DAB radio and Bluetooth are standard fit.
Priced from: £38,770
Available from: Order from spring